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For a massive superhero reboot, Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four had one of the quietest shoots in recent memory. Sure a few photos of the stars leaked here and there, and maybe even a glimpse of the Thing, but for the most part nothing has been spoiled by the press or paparazzi during filming. Which, these days, is a rarity.

So it’s exciting when one of the film’s stars, Kate Mara (who plays the Invisible Woman), jumps on Twitter not only to announce the film is finished, but post a photo of herself with her three co-stars: Mr. Fantastic played by Miles Teller, the Human Torch played by Michael B. Jordan and The Thing played by Jamie Bell.

They’re all in street clothes unfortunately, so no reveal of the Fantastic Four costumes just yet, but it’s a great shot none the less. Check out the Fantastic Four cast photo below. Read More »

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Want to read some details about the first Ultron scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron? What does the final Sin City: A Dame to Kill For one-sheet look like? What happened on the set of Kingsman: The Secret Service? Were Kate Mara‘s Fantastic Four comments on Tuesday accurate? Where can you watch a video on the history of San Diego Comic-Con? Has the first official image of Aquaman from Justice League: Throne of Atlantis been released? Who is the latest cast member on Daredevil? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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The reports of casting for Fox’s new Fantastic Four film, to be directed by Josh Trank, have been plagued by more rumor and speculation than most movies of this type, and to date we don’t have any official confirmation of casting choices. So far, Miles Teller is said to be the choice to play Reed Richards, aka the body-stretching Mr. Fantastic, while Michael B. Jordan has long been linked to play Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch.

Now those casting choices are confirmed, and new reports say that Jamie Bell will play Reed’s buddy and eventual teammate Ben Grimm, who becomes the rock-like Thing. And Kate Mara is now firmly linked to the role of Sue Storm, who acquires powers of invisibility and is, consequently, called the Invisible Woman.

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With about a year and a half left until its release, Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four is making some significant progress. Fox is reportedly planning to test actors for the parts of Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic and Sue Storm / The Invisible Woman by the end of the month, as Simon Kinberg turns in his rewritten script.

Among those in contention for Richards are Miles Teller, who has been fanning the flames of rumor at Sundance, while Kate Mara and Saoirse Ronan are being eyed for Sue Storm. Hit the jump to see who else might make the cut.

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If you’ve ever worried that technology might be moving too fast, that computer intelligence could soon move so far past human intelligence that we’re left cowering in the dust, that the machines will then turn around and destroy us, their makers — well, then Kate Mara has some terrible news for you.

According to a viral video from the mysterious revolutionary organization RIFT, computers are indeed the number one threat to humankind right now, and the only way to save our species may be to stop the scientists and unplug the machines. Watch the latest teaser for Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence after the jump. Check it out after the jump.

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After editing my talk with Jacob Gentry, which featured conversation about the virtues of Kate Mara, I’m ready for the second season of House of Cards right now. The show features Mara as a wily, ambitious journalist that gets too close to a power hungry Congessman (Kevin Spacey), and the first season, overseen by David Fincher for Netflix, was a powerhouse of performances and tight, intricate plotting.

The second season will debut next year, and now we’ve got a long trailer that re-introduces the characters, and throws out a few big themes, too. It’s going to get ugly, and I can’t wait. Read More »

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Jacob Gentry has been making movies for a long time; he made his first feature almost ten years ago, and hit the Sundance jackpot as one of the creators of The Signal in 2007. Earlier this fall we featured Gentry’s two-part short film / music video – both parts embedded below –for the forthcoming Broken Bells album ‘After the Disco.’ (The album arrives in early January.)

The short features Anton Yelchin and Kate Mara as a couple who find one another through a sort of science fiction dreamscape. Together with the performances, Gentry uses great visuals and Broken Bells’ cinema-ready music to create a vision where dreamers can get lost in their own desires.

I sat down with Gentry in LA not long ago to talk about the process of creating the video, and we ended up talking a lot about core concepts of directing. I always love hearing how a small project comes together to be more than the sum of its parts, but it was Gentry’s talk about the actual craft of directing that I think are really great for other young directors to read. Read More »

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